Cruising French Polynesia with Tom Hanks, Oprah, Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and David Geffen

Tom Hanks tells Colbert about his cruise of French Polynesia with Oprah, POTUS 44, and “The Boss” on the movie mogul’s boat. This will help those contemplating what cruising French Polynesia will be like on the Slow Boat as we film season 2 in French Polynesia, Except we will rent better bikes on the Slow Boat.  

You will be laughing. I hear Colbert is a sailor. Should we have him on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast?

 

Ep. 33: Sailing SV Delos, Cape Horn or Caribbean? Interviewed by Linus Wilson on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast

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Brian, Brady, and Karin speak to the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast host Linus Wilson about their Indian Ocean sailing adventures. They are between seasons in Cape Town South Africa. They talk about crew changes and future sailing plans. Brady, Brian, and Karin talk about the temptation to sail around Cape Horn before sailing up to the Caribbean.

Check out their latest video!

Linus bought a new DJI drone for the YouTube channel and tried to gather best practices for launching a drone off the boat in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ16F6xaaPs

Sailing SV Delos is the number 1 sailing vlog by total views! Learn about the top ten

Our latest round the world vlog has Sophie, Janna, Daly, and Linus sailing from Panama City, Panama to Ecuador offshore.

Phillip Kutsen of Mantus Anchors tells us why setting ability is so important when choosing an anchor. We use a Mantus Anchor, chain grabber, and swivel on our boat. Get all your Mantus gear at
http://www.mantusanchors.com/?affiliates=15

Mantus Anchors is our first corporate sponsor on www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing

We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.
http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing
Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing.
Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

and
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing
Subscribe to the podcast at
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast/id1084423845?mt=2
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On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others.
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Copyright Linus Wilson, 2017

Epic Sailboat Drone Crashes, How To Avoid Them, Sailing La Vagabonde, SV Delos, SSL, Doodles

The tales of woe are myriad when you are talking about drones and sailboats. Find out the best and worst practices in this video.
Our friends at Sailing SV Delos, Sailing Doodles, and Kracken Kissed Sailing Adventures recently aired videos talking about their drone crashes off their sailboats. This video looks at some of the most epic drone crashes on sailboats and how to avoid them.

The crew of Sailing SV Delos, Brian, Brady, and Karin, are the Episode 10 and 33 guests of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast, and Bobby from Sailing Doodles will be on episode 34. They both smashed up expensive camera drones that hit the rigging and broke apart on the deck. See the podcast videos at

0:41 #1 Sailing La Vagabonde shows how to not launch a DJI Phantom 3 drone from the boat and Riley and a pal are injured trying to keep if from hitting the water with the propellers spinning.
See
“Drone Fail on La Vagabonde!! (Sailing La Vagabonde) Ep. 65”

1:08 #2 Sailing SV Delos crashes their new Splash Drone into the deck. Too bad it did not hit the water first. It just shows that waterproof drones can break easily too. See
“A drone crash, a lost tooth and a live concert! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 115”

1:15 #3 Sailing Libra with the help of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcasts episode 23 guest Annie Dike of HaveWindWillTravel.com show the best practices for catching and releasing a drone, but they crashed it in the rigging before they perfected their technique.
See “How to Launch and Land a Drone from the Boat”

See Annie Dike on the podcast at

1:36 #4 Rick Moore or Sailing Sophisticated Lady (SSL) is the king of drone photography among sailing vloggers. Nevertheless, he has crashed his splash drone when it stopped responding to controls.
“DRONE CRASH in the Ocean at 50mph and SURVIVES! This is why you ONLY buy a WATERPROOF DRONE!”

2:12 #5 Bobby of Sailing Doodles crashed his new drone into the forestay of his boat SV Ruff Seas after it stopped responding to controls and a propeller stopped turning properly. See
“Drone Crash Autopsy, Shower Pump Fix, Our Equipment – Boat Maintenance Monday”

Key features and tips for a drone to launch from a sailboat:
2:26 big landing gear (DJI Phantom is good; Mavic is bad)
3:15 practice drone flying releasing, and catching on land
4:25 don’t run down batteries
4:45 camera on gimbals
5:05 GPS drone
6:00 small drones are pushed around by the wind and can’t hover
6:20 2.7K camera makes good video
7:05 FPV is a must-have feature. Stream video live onto your phone or tablet from the drone.
7:48 Is the Syma drone a good practice drone?
8:40 More tips with drone footage of Bucktown Harbor, New Orleans, Louisiana
8:50 Hold drone above eye level and use sunglasses for eye protection.
9:03 Upwind is best point of sail for launching. Launch off the stern of the sail boat.
9:30 Fly only on low wind days
9:40 Head signals for drone pilot and spotter
9:49 Fly in p-mode or GPS mode
10:00 Avoid steel ships
10:16 Fly well above the waves
10:49 Flying upwind takes more batteries than flying downwind.
11:00 Don’t use the return to home feature because the boat has moved from the launch site.
Music by BenSound.com

We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.

http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing

Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing.

Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How To Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.

Slow Boat to the Bahamas

and

How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing

Subscribe to the podcast at
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast/id1084423845?mt=2
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast

Music by http://www.BenSound.com

(c) Linus Wilson, 2017

Seasick Sailing Across the Pacific in a Tiny Sailboat, Panama to Ecuador S1E12

After transiting the Panama Canal, Linus, Janna, Sophie, and Daly leave Panama City, Panama to sail across the Pacific in their Island Packet 31’ sailboat to Salinas, Ecuador 700 miles to the south. Headwinds, torrential rains, and engine failures slow their progress. Janna and Sophie are plagued by seasickness and they tack to Esmereldes, Ecuador hundreds of miles north of their destination to refuel and fix a broken furling line. Their reception by the local authorities is not welcoming. This is a great video for anyone thinking of sailing into blue water or doing offshore sailing with kids.

0:09 The best spots at the Balboa Yacht Club in Panama City, Panama
0:38 Gulf of Panama, Sailing with Janna at the Helm
047 Adverse winds and the importance of getting the boat’s westing before going offshore
0:51 Wind chart from http://www.passageweather.com
1:00 Panama City from the water
1:16 Jennifer Clark’s Gulfstream current chart for our July 2016 passage
1:40 Sailing by Las Perlas Islands in Panama
1:50 Isla Taboga in Las Perlas
2:20 Linus discusses on day two the rough Punta Mala, Panama overnight passage and strong currents running east to west along the Panama coast.
2:56 We refueled on a barge moored in Cebaco Bay, Panama a remote island west of the southernmost point of Panama, Punta Mala.
3:34 Replacing the broken Hitatchi Alternator with a Balmar 70 amp alternator
4:18 Day 3 of the trip; in the North Pacific Ocean, the earlobe the Pacific by South and Central America
5:50 torrential rain offshore between Panama and Ecuador
6:30 Janna and Sophie are seasick.
7:00 Using the Honda 2000 generators to charge the batteries.
8:15 The jerry can board broke on the port side, and we have fuel cans stored in the cockpit.
9:25 You wish for what you don’t have.
10:00 When will the rain end! Consulting the weather router Dane Clark of Jennifer Clark’s Gulfstream at http://users.erols.com/gulfstrm/
11:20 Sunshine on the horizon!
11:50 We tacked towards Esmeraldes, Ecuador, 260 nm far north of our destination to get a better wind angle.
12:05 …then our roller furling line broke!
12:45 Anchored in Esmeraldes, Ecuador
13:02 Kicked out by the Ecuador Coast Guard
14:12 Check out our playlist of the vlog

14:37 We held the 1,000 subscriber drawing for How to Sail Around the World Part-Time drawing. You can get your name in the next drawing by sending your USA mailing address to linuswilson [at] yahoo [dot] com.
16:15 Phillip Kutsen of Mantus Anchors tells us why setting ability is so important when choosing an anchor. We use a Mantus Anchor and swivel on our boat. Get all your Mantus gear at
http://www.mantusanchors.com/?affiliates=15
We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.
http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing
Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing.
Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How to Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.
Slow Boat to the Bahamas

and
How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Associate Producer, Anders Colbenson

Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing
Subscribe to the podcast at
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast/id1084423845?mt=2
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast

On the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Linus Wilson has interviewed the crew of Sailing SV Delos, WhiteSpotPirates (Untie the Lines), Chase the Story Sailing, Sailing Doodles, SV Prism, Sailing Miss Lone Star, and many others.
Sign up for our free newsletter for access to free books and other promotions at http://www.slowboatsailing.com
music by http://www.BenSound.com
Copyright Linus Wilson, 2017

Slow Boat Sailing Has an Extra Episode Planned for Season 1 on YouTube–13 Total

Slow Boat Sailing is sailing around the world part-time in an Island Packet 31 sailboat. Season 1 goes from New Orleans, USA, to Cuba, through the Panama Canal, and across the equator. The upwind trip from Panama City to La Libertad, Ecuador will be broken up into two episodes. Sophie, Janna, Linus, and Daly were crew on this tough passage in July 2016. The first episode will be released on Thursday, April 6, at 5PM New York Time.

That means that the first episode of season 2, crossing the Pacific Ocean to the Marquesas, will not be released until June or July 2017. We will continue our filming of season 2 in May 2017. Several episodes were filmed in December 2017. We release new vlogs on the first Thursday of every month at 5PM New York City time or GMT-5, whichever comes first. We have about an 8 month delay from real time in the vlog.

We planned to shorten the series from 13 to 12 episodes by merging some Panama episodes together, but we have decided to have two episodes sailing the coast of mainland Ecuador. Over the course of the season, our philosophy about the vlogs have changed. We want to have more speaking into the camera and less narration to increase the connection with the crew. Personally, we feel our audience is less concerned about video cruising guides and more concerned with connecting with the sailors traveling to exotic ports while sailing around the world. The last two episodes will reflect this change in focus of the round the world vlog series. We are also moving to longer vlogs. S1E11, our Panama Canal Transit, was 30 minutes long. We plan to abandon the 7-10 minute episode format used in episodes 1-8 of season 1, in favor of 10-30 minute episodes going forward.

S1E0: Trailer for Sailing to Cuba, Panama Canal, and Ecuador

S1E1: Sailing Offshore from New Orleans to St. Petersburg

S1E2: Venice Inlet, Preparing to Sail Offshore to Cuba

S1E3: Sailing to Cuba’s Cabo San Antonio, the End of the Earth

S1E4: Nueva Gerona, Cuba, Sailing Back in Time

S1E5: Cuba’s Cayo Largo del Sur Resort and Marina Vistited by Sailboat

S1E6: Offshore to Providencia, Colombia, Sailing Across the Caribbean to the Pirate Paradise Island

S1E7: Hiking the Tallest Peak on Providencia, Colombia, the Paradise of the Caribbean Sea 

S1E8: Snorkeling for Pirate Treasure in Providencia, Colombia, Crab Cay and Morgan’s Head

S1E9: Sailing Offshore to Panama, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama Canal, and Checking in Colon, Panama 

S1E10: Busted by Customs in the Panama Airport (This is to be released in June or July 2017. It is exclusively available to patrons at the moment.)

S1E11: How to Transit the Panama Canal with Sailing La Vagabonde ‘s Line Handlers in a Yacht

S1E12: Sailing Offshore from Panama to Ecuador, Punta Mala, and Seasickness (This is to be released at GMT-5 at 5PM on Thursday, April 6, 2017)

S1E13: Shellbacks Resort to Covert Operations Sailing in Ecuador (This is to be released at GMT-5 at 5PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017.)

We will also occasionally release videos that feature the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast’s episodes or are of interest to sailors. (We only charge patrons for monthly vlog episodes not the extra videos.) We do one podcast and vlog per calendar month.

S1E12 is the first vlog where we feature our first corporate sponsor on Patreon, Mantus Anchors. The Slow Boat uses a 45-pound Mantus Anchor attached to the Mantus swivel as its primary anchor. We have never drug since using the 45-pound Mantus. The crew from Mantus Anchors will be the episode 35 guests of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast to be released in June 2017. Sailing SV Delos’ crew will be the April 2017 guest of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast’s episode 33.

Top 10 Sailing Vlogs by Views: La Vagabonde, SV Delos, SSL, Seeker, Whitespotpirates, Wynns & More

You will see the top 10 sailing vlogs by total views. These are the most loved sailing vlogs of all time! Who will be number 1? We also give a sneak peak of season 2 of Slow Boat Sailing in the Marquesas.

Check out our related videos at
https://youtu.be/zA8Ej2MEkdQ &

0:09 Stevie in Cuba’s Cayo Largo del Sur Resort and Marina Vistited by Sailboat S1E5 https://youtu.be/GE5T8RZFvUo
0:11 #10 Chase the Story Sailing of SV Cheeky Monkey, http://www.chasethestory.com, and http://www.turftosurf.com sail with pets (cats)
0:18 A short clip from “HD QUALITY: Prepping the Boat to Sail Off the Grid – Story 46” at https://youtu.be/3Sxold4e_O0
0:44 Footage from “(audio only) E29: Chase the Story’s Tasha Hacker and Ryan Horsnail on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast” https://youtu.be/0Tr53SKVg2c
0:48 Stevie from “Getting Easting, Sailing Offshore from New Orleans to St. Petersburg S1E1” https://youtu.be/ThEH0T3mAxc
0:51 #9 Shaun and Julia Sailing sail the Great Lakes on SV I’m Easy which is up for sale. http://www.shaunsailing.com
1:00 Janna wife in the Gatun Locks. See our Panama Canal transit video “How to Transit the Panama Canal with Sailing La Vagabonde ‘s Line Handlers in a Yacht S1E11” at https://youtu.be/jloq585Lnxw
1:04 #8 In DrakeParagon Drake, Monique, and crew sail a Westsail 42 on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada and North Atlantic. Breif clip from “DrakeParagon Season 3: Sneak Peek” from https://youtu.be/1WQ8JugRfBc
1:17 #7 On Wicked Salty Wes and Kate sailed from New England to the Bahamas with their dog Lola. They are currently looking for a replacement for their boat Parity.
1:24 A brief clip from “MISTAKES IN OPEN OCEAN SAILING” at https://youtu.be/euXI2Bdq52g
1:32 A clip from “Ep. 13: (audio only) Wicked Salty on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast” https://youtu.be/UWsf549ySHg
1:43 #6 WhiteSpotPirates stars Nike in the Untie the Lines series. She sails her boat Karl in Panama and the Western Caribbean. http://www.whitespotpirates.com
2:04 Clip from “White Spot Pirates’ Tells All, Untie the Lines on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Ep. 14 (audio only)” https://youtu.be/1FakwiwCdEE
2:07 Clip from “Sailing Offshore to Panama, Shelter Bay Marina, Panama Canal, and Checking in Colon, Panama-S1E9” at https://youtu.be/QQ63x_G_u0Y
2:18 #5 Gone with the Wynns are sailing their catamaran Curiosity to the Bahamas and points south. http://www.gonewiththewynns.com
2:28 #4 SV Seeker is the only DIY sailing vlog in the top 10. SV Seeker is building a 74ft steel origami junk rigged motorsailer.
2:30 “Tour and Invitation” at https://youtu.be/Znt5KTOClWY played in the background.
2:42 Footage from “Offshore to Providencia, Colombia, Sailing Across the Caribbean to the Pirate Paradise Island S1E6” at https://youtu.be/UPoDgcdp_BY
2:50 Subscribe to Slow Boat Sailing!
2:59 #3 Sailing La Vagabonde is crewed by Riley and Elayna. They sailed from the Med to New Zealand on a Beneteau monhull and are starting over in France with an Outremer 45 catamaran. https://youtu.be/hMYT5E_oeC4
3:18 #2 Rick Moore sails Sophisticated Lady in the Caribbean.
3:32 #1 Sailing SV Delos has sailed from Seattle to Cape of Good Hope crossing the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
3:58 Catch their interviews “Sailing SV Delos on the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast (audio only) – Ep. 10” at https://youtu.be/bb1Tk8P7E-U and “SV Delos, Cape Horn or Caribbean? Slow Boat Sailing Podcast Ep. 33” at https://youtu.be/ss9Gxxn9N58
4:15 Footage of Lake Pontchartrain, West End, New Orleans, New Orleans Yacht Club (NOYC), and Municipal Yacht Harbor
4:50 Preview of Slow Boat Sailing’s Season 2 in the Marquesas coming in May.

We will be running contest where our most loyal Patreon supporters can become part of our crew literally as we explore the paradise islands of the South Pacific.

http://www.Patreon.com/slowboatsailing

Our one Star or Executive Producer patron can join the crew without winning the drawing.

Patrons of the round the world vlog and podcast get bonus podcast episodes and free audiobooks of How To Sail Around the World Part-Time and Slow Boat to Cuba. They get never before released audiobook chapters of Slow Boat to the Bahamas. You can also get access to many podcasts and videos early as a patron.

Slow Boat to the Bahamas

and

How to Sail Around the World-Part Time

have been #1 sailing bestseller on Amazon.

Support the Slow Boat Sailing vlog and podcast at
https://www.patreon.com/slowboatsailing

Subscribe to the podcast at
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast/id1084423845?mt=2
http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/slow-boat-sailing-podcast
music by http://www.BenSound.com

Vlogs were selected by total veiws from the bigger list on
http://www.sailing-channels.com. That website lists a lot of channels that are not vlogs.

(c) Linus Wilson, 2017, Vermilion Advisory Services, LLC

Tyler Brandt is a doer and a circumnavigator.

I think you can credit Sailing SV Delos (in Episode 10 and 33 of the podcast) for popularizing the sailing vlog genre. Nevertheless, they probably were not the first sailors to produce highly edited accounts of their round the world voyage in episode form. I was watching Tyler Brandt’s Wizard’s Eye Expedition vlogs long before I heard the term “vlog” or logged into YouTube. He also probably started his professionally produced series before the Delos crew was broke in Australia and started editing video intensively in 2013. Now he is days away from completing his five-year circumnavigation which began and ended in Mexico. Tyler has always approached sailing around the world as an outdoor adventure challenge. For him its a sport not a lifestyle. On Wizard’s Eye you won’t find bikini-clad twenty-somethings snorkeling remote reefs. You will see the reality of offshore sailing, mostly guys looking for adventure going beyond the horizon. The Slow Boat Sailing Podcast episode 23

guest Annie Dike said her channel had 95% men watching it, The same is true of my channel. Sailboat cruising is not just a lifestyle. It is a sport, and like most sports it primarily attracts men who practice and watch it. Congratulations, Tyler on circumnavigating the globe. Many talk and few do. Tyler is a doer.

It is impossible to fly a pet (dog or cat) from the USA to Tahiti or French Polynesia.

It is impossible to fly your dog or cat into French Polynesia from the USA. I worked every angle and looked into every scenario to get my 4-pound, toy poodle to rejoin the boat this summer. He flew off the boat in Ecuador, which was an ordeal in itself. I could not have him aboard for the Marquesas passage because we were hauling out the boat in Hiva Oa and leaving for five to six months. The only place you can offload a pet from your boat in French Polynesia is Tahiti, and that process takes over a month. (Check out our bonus episode 29

of the Slow Boat Sailing Podcast with Tasha Hacker to learn how to do that.)

You cannot fly a dog or cat to French Polynesia from the USA unless you charter a jet. Period. The key reasons are:

  1. There are only two airports in the USA that fly into French Polynesia. LAX and HNL. They both only fly into Tahiti (PPT).
  2. Tahiti agriculture requires that you fly in on a weekday when customs is open. The only flight out of HNL flies out on a Saturday. That means HNL is not possible. (Hawaii is a “rabies free state” and flying a pet there is a nightmare.)
  3. All the airlines flying out of LAX (Air France and Air Tahiti Nui) do not allow pets on board going from LAX to PPT. This is no doubt a response to French Polynesian regulations. Make sure your Tahiti leg with another carrier (American for example) is not a code share with Air Tahiti Nui for example.

There you are! It is impossible. The only hope is to fly to one of the handful of countries which pets can fly in from first. I suspect there are impossible road blocks to doing that including waiting periods, but I was not willing to fly to Aukland to get to Tahiti. Moreover, that small list of countries with an import treaty no doubt have a slew of regulations making it very hard for a dog or cat from the USA to land in their county.

I got bogged down in the minutia of the vet visits and test needed before I realized there was no plane willing to carry my dog. He’s going to stay home and will probably never get to join the boat while it is in French Polynesia. I hope Tonga is less restrictive for pets.